First long run in over a month (I count only runs 7k and further as long runs). Set out a bit later than I probably should have, but the heat wasn’t too bad. This sort of mistake is not something that I’ll be able to afford in a few weeks, so I have to start getting used to getting up and out of the house in the pre-dawn again.
The Tel Aviv port almost always has something going on in the summer months, and this week was no different. A local gym chain set up a pop-up outdoor gym, which looked pretty impressive. I might swing by, if only for the experience of working out in this view.
I missed seeing the river in the morning: low tide, Egyptian geese, fishermen trying their luck. In the evening the swallows flit between you and any other passer by, but at this time of day they’re gone and even the geese are sleepy.
That is unless you’ve got a family to feed. Mom and dad Egyptian geese kept a close eye on the toddlers as they groused near the bike lane. There are very few bikes around at this hour and the two that passed them were very respectful and gave them a wide berth.
In the water two mallards were taking their family out for a swim. It appears that one of the little ducklings is a little adventurous.
That’s it, another week, another run. It’s good to be back.
After a month off due to injury and a cold, it’s good to be back.
I went for a long run yesterday, the first after a week an a half of hiatus due to muscle inflammation. It was good to be back, even if only for 8k, and even if this run was slower than my usual pace.
Caught the sun rising just over the river at ebb. The clouds made it particularly beautiful.
A little bittern and a night heron were fishing next to two fishermen as the sun rose:
I encountered a family of Egyptian geese both on my out and on my way back. The baby geese run out front and their parents follow, keeping an eye on them at a more sedentary pace:
The female is the lighter coloured goose, and the male is all decked out:
A little bittern was out hunting during the ebb tide:
Look at that sunrise. Is it not worth getting up early and going out for a run for that?
The thing that you learn very quickly about running is that no matter which Couch to 5k plan you started with, if you want to have any hope of persisting with your running you are going to have to tailor make your own running plan.
I make a fresh plan every three months or so, and I always create it in my current Moleskine journal. In the spirit of showcasing notebooks in use, that are not created for Instagram, this is my latest running plan:
Things are penciled in with an H pencil, and I ink them in with gel ink pens as they happen. Green highlighted blocks show me where things went according to plan, and other blocks represent where things had to change due to injuries or circumstances.
I’ve been running for 8 years now, and I have around 6 years of running plans in all my previous notebooks, each one looking pretty much the same: messy and functional.
Saturday was supposed to rain cats and dogs, so I pushed my Saturday morning 10K to a Friday evening one.
This is a terrible picture of a heron, but that’s what I have I’m afraid.
Momma Egyptian goose keeps an eye on her swimming little ones. Not pictured, the rat that was foraging for food a few meters from them.
Sea scouts out in their boats:
A pair of Egyptian geese watching over the river:
It was very windy, so the surfers were out in force:
This week’s long run was another one in perfect weather. Things are heating up though, so I’m savouring these as long as they last.
This little bittern basked in the morning light. You can almost hear him admiring his reflection in the water.
A gull was standing guard over a few rowboats at one of the river piers:
A mallard sunned itself at the riverside:
And a couple of ducks grazed together:
10k run done:
I went for a post run coffee and a sandwich and was greeted by the cafe’s cat:
Last week’s long run was the Tel Aviv Marathon 10k (I broke my PR!), and the week before that was a majorly stormy day, so it was nice to get back to an early morning 10k after a hiatus.
There was a storm on Thursday, which meant that the sea was choppy, sand-brown, and there were even more seabirds about than usual.
That was 10k done and dusted, and as a bonus I’m adding some pictures from yesterday evening’s 5k, because the sea at sunset now is extra gorgeous.
How majestic is that sunset?
Tel Aviv’s Gordon and Metzizim beach, flooded after the storm:
It was supposed to rain heavily on Saturday morning (of course it only drizzled), so I pushed my weekend 10k from Saturday morning to Friday evening. There was a very brisk wind and I could see the storm clouds gathering as I ran (it did rain heavily throughout the night), but otherwise it was perfect running weather, not to hot, not too cold, and dry.
There were a lot of people out and about in the park, so I had less wildlife photo-ops than usual. An Egyptian goose taking a nap at the riverbank:
The “sea scouts” taking their distinctive green boats out:
Cormorants getting ready to sleep on a eucalyptus tree:
All in all it was a good run, even though I still prefer to get my long runs in in the morning. And to those who listened to this week’s “This American Life”: Tootles!
Started out extra early today, so ran most of my run in the dark.
Two geese and a coot:
Mom and dad duck bringing their babies to the water’s edge:
Duck and egret ignoring each other on the exposed riverbed:
10k done, and my Egyptian goose friend approves: